South West Stories: Ken Workman

“This we know; The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.  This we know, all things are connected like the blood which unites one family.  All things are connected”

–Chief Si’ahl, Namesake of the City of Seattle

On Sunday, Aug 21, 2 p.m., Delridge Library hosts Ken Workman, member of Duwamish Tribal Council, and great-great-great-great grandson of Chief Seattle. This event is part of the South West Stories monthly series presenting the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula and the Birthplace of Seattle – in collaboration with Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Continue reading “South West Stories: Ken Workman”

2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!

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The Southwest Branch is getting ready to say goodbye and good wishes to two AMAZING teen volunteers Christina and Andrey.  Why do we have to say goodbye? Because they’re graduating from high school this week. Woohoo!

SWTWe all know that teens are required to volunteer 60 hours to graduate high school. We get that, and we can take it for granted. Some teen volunteers are immature, some are responsible, and I’ve supervised all kinds as a teen librarian. What I haven’t seen in over 10 years of working as a Teen Librarian are the qualities and skills these teen volunteers have shown over the years: dedication, responsibility, good communication skills, organization, creativity, and I could go on and on. Together, these teens have volunteered 389.5 hours at the Southwest Branch.

Let me say that again:
THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND A HALF hours!

That. Is. AMAZING. Continue reading “2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!”

Summer reading: Reviews from readers at our Southwest branch

Feed by Mira Grant
Loved it!!! Couldn’t put it down. The zombies are here to stay. Bloggers saved the day and are here to stay also. A sci-fi with drama and action. ~ Trudy

The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
This book really brings together an odd assortment of characters. You are reminded not to judge a book by its cover. It made me laugh and cry. ~ Darcie

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
There is a story here if you can get by the really juvenile writing. I just couldn’t love this book but was willing to see if it could get better. ~ Sarah

War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine by Don Keith
This is the story of the Billfish submarine in combat with an incompetent captain who almost killed the crew. A young lieutenant took over and led the crew to safety. ~ Marty

The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse
Love Jeeves and Wooster? The author brings the same sense of humor to a new set of characters. Find out who gets the girl in blue. ~ Wendy

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer!

Summer reading: Suggestions from Southwest and Delridge readers

Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina
What a fabulous look into the lives of the Bronte sisters! I almost felt as though I walked upon the moors with Emily.
     ~Sarah, Southwest

Child of Fire by Harry Connolly
Gritty urban fantasy without swooning romance- so refreshing! Well-imagined world only subtly different from our own. The main character is reliable and you care about him.
     ~Feydras, Southwest

The Making of a Stand-up Guy by Charlie Murphy with Chris Millis
The surprising and engrossing memoir from Charlie Murphy, brother of famed comedian, actor, and entertainer Eddie Murphy. It’s about the funny nature of fame, family, and finding yourself after 40.
     ~George, Southwest

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Not even 30 years old, Obreht has written a novel wise in the truth of aspiration, hopelessness, war, life, death. Her characters of all ages are real and have an almost tangible physicality. Her tale is mythic without ever leaving the realm of flesh and blood. 
     ~Brenda, Southwest

A Time to Kill by John Grisham
A wonderful book. Some readers call Grisham “mystery lite”. I think he is a great story teller. I’ve read many. And liked most. A terrible crime in the South. Little girl is raped by two drunk rednecks. Father realized that typically the jury will free the white rapists. So he shoots them in a crowded courthouse. The results are for you to read.
     ~Alden, Southwest

Brain Rules by John Medina
I wish I had read this book when my daughter was young. It describes learning processes that each parent should be armed with. It is very understandable.
     ~Harvey, Southwest

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
A fanstastic book. A book that opens your mind and provides you with a much better understanding of the migration of black citizens from the South to the North that often goes unrecognized as am immigration within our own country. This book would make a great companion read to “The Help.”
     ~Lisa, Southwest

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
A werewolf book with plenty of action and humor. I love Kelley Armstrong. She makes you care about her characters.
     ~Darcie, Southwest

Townie by Andre Dubus III
Memoir of Dubus’ life as a child and how he eventually became a writer. Superb writing, use of imagery and suspense! A real page turner! Almost a miracle that he achieved the success he did despite a very rough childhood- it seems unbelievable except for the fact that it’s a true story!
     ~Rachel, Delridge

Summer Reads: Southwest, Northgate and Northeast readers offer suggestions

Book recommendations are rolling in from all over Seattle as part of the Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program.

Readers at the Southwest Branch recommend:

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
I did not want to put this book down. It was so hard to stop reading it and get on with a real life. Previous Sedaris books made me smile or chuckle, but this one made me breathless with laughter on nearly every page. He’s really hit his stride now! Loved it!

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
An exciting epic story as artfully fold as his Cold Mountain. With only 2 books published, Frazier is high on my list of writers highly skilled in picking his characters and giving them a compelling tale to tell.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Blue Van Meer is talented and smart, but when her beloved teacher dies she has to solve the mystery even if it incriminates her family.

The Grand Sophy by Georgett Heyer
Imagine a character even more involved in others lives than Jane Austen’s Emma and you have Sophy. She Continue reading “Summer Reads: Southwest, Northgate and Northeast readers offer suggestions”